National Hamfest 2014 held at Newark   September 29th, 2014

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The end of September heralded the annual National Hamfest. Once again the weather was fine and this meant that both outside and inside, visitors were able to enjoy the offerings. It’s a big event for us and involves more work than some may realise.Tuesday evening the lorry was picked up. All day Wednesday was spent in packing the lorry. A 6am start on Thursday with a stop for breakfast, meant we arrived at 10.30am. The unpacking and erection of the stand took until 7pm. Then it was back to the hotel.

At the end of Saturday it was time to pack the lorry again and make our way south down the A1. A stop for a meal and then onto Hockley where we had to unpack the lorry again and put things back into the warehouse. We got back to our homes at around 11pm. Sunday was a day off and then most of Monday was spent in putting all the stock back on the shelves. Yes it takes nearly a week’s work to achieve two days at the Show.

It was well worth the effort and we met many old friends as well as some new ones. Elecraft probably provided the biggest interest and I personally enjoyed talking about and demonstrating this great range of equipment.

The only regret that I had, and I know that many have the same view, is that this year they had no lecture streams. Many visitors find that this provides a welcome break in walking around the hall. Whether you enjoyed the subject matter or the opportunity to sit down, this really needs to be brought back for next year. Peter G3OJV

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Mosley Antennas Arrive   September 16th, 2014

All being well, we should have deivery of the Mosley antenna range tomorrow. One of the most exciting models will be the mini beans that have a boom length of just 6ft and an element length of less than 20ft. That makes them ideal for many of us with small gardens. These antennas have extremely low profiles and use the patented dual trap system that enables just one trap to provide element resonance on three bands. That means that a 10-15-20m Yagi looks really tidy. For those who want the WARC bands, there is a model that adds a dual band dipole onto the boom, but preserves the single feed system, providing useful gain and F/B ratio on the 10-15-20m bands and significant directiviy on the two WARC bands. All models can handle up to 1kW of power on SSB.

For further details please check pur web site.

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Yaesu FT-991 Delivery with 4m   September 9th, 2014

The latest news is delivery is expected early 2015. This model is almost certainly a replacement for the FT-897D. Pressure is on Yaesu to include 4m and this new seems likely, though nit confirmed.

Yaesu have seen ICOM dominating this sector if the market and will want to plug the gap. Kenwood, having started in the race with their TS-50, are now currently out of the race.

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After a period of no news regarding the Elecraft 2m Transverter, I can now tell you that we just may have some for sale at Newark. Those who have pre-ordered will get theirs first. If you have not yet ordered yours, then get in now as there are not many left from the first batch shipping to us.

The 4m versions is around 6 weeks away, as is the new PX3 panoramic adaptor.

The KX3 transceiver is continuing to sell extremely well and we have had to order more stock to cater for anticipated sales at Newark. If you want to pick up a ready built one then please get your order

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Jaycee Open Day 2014   September 7th, 2014

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Saturday 6th September 2014 was the day for Jaycee’s Open Day, in Glenrothes, Fife. The location is the shop of Waters and Stanton @ Jaycee, but augmented by the hall across the square where the Show and lectures took place. The trade exhibitors included Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu, Elecraft and Innovantennas. The lectures included Antenna design by G0KSC, Raynet by GM4TNP and the latest ham gear by G3OJV.

This Show is becoming the “Scottish Show, but with the accent very much on meeting fellow GM hams. It is a big social occasion. This year’s Show owes much to Scott who organised it, but Bill and Betty, were as ever, also there and many will be ever thankful for them providing Scotland’s only Ham RadioShop.

The weather was once again nice and sunny and warm. Visitors freely walked between shop and the Show Hall. Many sat in the square and enjoyed the sun and the opportunity to just chat and swap stories. If you didn’t make it this year, you really need to put it in your diary for next year. It is not like any other ham radio show. Peter G3OJV

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